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McGee’s lawyer: ‘He made a mistake,’ took ‘full responsibility for his actions’

Scott McKay, defense attorney for Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, has issued this statement on McGee's plea agreement and sentencing today on a misdemeanor DUI charge:

“Senator McGee is an outstanding person and a dedicated public servant who has served Idaho citizens with distinction for the better part of the last decade. Like all of us, he is not perfect and he made a mistake when he drank too much following a recent golf event. However, Senator McGee’s behavior after leaving the golf course was affected by factors beyond the consumption of alcohol. He fell after leaving the golf course as documented by bruising and cuts on his knee and a significant bump and laceration on his head. Senator McGee has been examined by a respected neurologist who has concluded that as a result of this fall, he likely sustained a concussion prior to the events leading to his arrest. In my judgment, the foregoing would have provided a complete defense to the criminal allegations made against him. Senator McGee, however, advised me that he did not want to pursue this defense but instead wanted to take full responsibility for his actions including promptly reimbursing the affected homeowners for the damage he caused and apologizing to them. Senator McGee has done just that through the resolution of his case today.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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